With correct usage and annual maintenance, you can expect to get 15 to 20 years out of a new heating system in your home. That being said, no machine lasts forever, so it’s a good idea to know what hints indicate that your heating system is on its way out.
Below we’ll explain the top 4 warning signs that mean you’ll likely need a heater replacement soon.
1. Your energy bills are increasing.
The older your heating system gets, the less efficient it becomes. When heaters are near the end of their lifespans, they typically require a lot more energy to keep your home warm and cozy. As a result, you’ll see higher heating bills from one winter to the next.
2. Your heater is approaching the end of its life expectancy.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, a furnace should last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, and heat pumps last approximately 16 years. When your heating system starts approaching the 15-year mark, make sure to start budgeting accordingly for a replacement.
3. The system requires frequent repairs.
When heaters are getting ready to retire, they’ll often require more repairs, particularly in the last two or three years before they “kick the bucket.” If you’ve had to call a tech out to repair your system more than once just within the past year, and if your furnace is around 15 years old, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll need to replace it soon.
Keep in mind: numerous repair costs can add up, and some repairs are much more expensive than others. If your aging unit needs a repair that will cost over 50 percent of the cost of a new unit, it almost always makes more sense financially to invest in a new unit.
4. Your heater struggles to keep your home comfortable.
If your heater can’t keep your home comfortable without costing you a fortune in energy bills (and perhaps not even then), it’s time to look at a replacement. As mentioned above, heaters lose efficiency and wear out as they age, and this can affect their “heating power.” Instead of suffering through the winter with high energy bills, in most cases, it makes more sense to upgrade to a system that warms your home more effectively while also costing you less to operate.
At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, LLC, our courteous technicians are dedicated to helping you find the best heating system for your home and budget. Give us a call today at (770) 749-7667 or contact us online to see how we can help you!